Language is something that anyone can learn, and basically one shall not be bothered about making mistakes while learning. After all, learning is a life-long process, if one is really determined to learn. To learn, it is important to have the right tools even before you start the learning process. Dictionary is one of those basic tools that are your best companions in case you run out of words. Earlier, the only thing dictionary paperbacks used to focus on was meaning or say simple translation of the words. But today, as mobile app development has opened the gates to learning in much advanced ways than before, dictionaries provide much more information about words than the old hard copies did. And other than the conventional use of digital dictionaries, one can also use them to learn synonyms, antonyms, contextual usages, and much more. Equipped even with smart features, here is a list of some of the must-have digital pocket dictionaries that allow you to learn on the go:
The reason why Dictionary.com mobile app has more than 10 million downloads on Play Store is that it provides much more information about a word that a user can ask for or even imagine. The dictionary.com app comes with ‘Word of the day’, which is a fun way to learn a new word every day as opposed to too many words at a time. As important it is to know the meaning of a word, pronunciation of it is equally important, and this dictionary app has got it. Voice search, though a common feature in many dictionaries, is quite a convenience when you’re too lazy to type; just tap and speak the word. The app is available as a freeware and premium version, which has few more features like Slang dictionary, sentence usages, idioms and phrases and more.
Vocabulary.com is quite literal about its name: it aims to build your vocab, though in a very unique way; hats off to mobile app developers and UX team. To start with, Vocabulary.com mobile app is AI-based and personalizes the learning experience for you, by tracking your learning speed, pattern and the most challenging words. Quite far from being called a dictionary app; Vocabulary.com is a comprehensive learning program that personalizes the learning experience for each user and modifies the learning experience according to the learning pace of the person, which it does through AI-algorithms. Each user learns through an easy learning process, which is easy to understand and teaches 12,000 words through 120,000 questions. Learning words to clear language tests for studying overseas is also offered by this app, with its list of 50,000 words that are often asked. Displaying one of the best applications of artificial intelligence, the app raises the standard of learning according to the improvement in the user’s grasping power, which means if the user learnsslow, the app won’t push hefty words downtheir throat.
It may seem like Google Translate is just a translation tool, but we would say it totally depends upon how a person would like to use it. Although not 100% accurate, Google Translate does a fine job at letting a person learn the way they want. Looking for an idiom in some other language? Just set the “Translate to” language to your desired language, input the idiom in your native language (with auto-detect) and you’re good to go. Or simply looking for meaning of the word? Just type it in and get the most accurate meaning. You can also copy the translated text somewhere if you think you can use that later in some way. However, for anyone that needs a professional tool to learn in a systematic way, this may not be the right tool, as it just translates as much as you feed in; no synonyms, antonyms, example sentences etc.
Merriam-Webster is one of the most popular free offline dictionary that has almost everything that one needs to learn from meaning to correct usage of the word; and even pronounce it. Just like Dictionary.com, Merriam-Webster also comes with a voice input means the user can enjoy hands-free learning. One of the great features of this dictionary is that it drops down a list with forms of the word that is being fed into the search box. This way, one can also check out and learn about other forms of that word. Word of the Day is another attractive feature in this app through which users can learn one word per day. Unlike Dictionary.com mobile app, Merriam-Webster allows you to see sentence examples for the word, along with synonyms, antonyms, contextual usages, origin and much more.
Learning with these tools is always a fun process because these apps, rather than aiming for speedy learning, have been made to attune with the user’s comfort. Apart from millions or downloads, these vocab and learning apps have been appreciated for the way they are different, and hence, have been ruling the people’s favourite charts since launch.